I-League 2017-18: Football over finance for Gokulam Kerala’s passionate president Praveen

Gokulam Kerala’s club president Praveen speaks to Goal about how the club was formed, the plans for the future and their interest in a merger league..

Kerala football was losing its battle for representation at India’s top-tier football league. I-League saw Viva Kerala dissolve into pitiful nothingness in 2012 as ardent football lovers across the state were left without a team to support.

Enter Kerala Blasters as an Indian Super League team in 2014. The fans flocked to the stadium in large numbers and the club quickly booked a place in the hearts of Keralites. But a team in the top division remained a distant dream, until VC Praveen, son-in-law of popular business mastermind Gokulam Gopalan, pitched in with an idea to realize one of his audacious dreams.

And thus, Gokulam Kerala FC came into existence. A year after its foundation was laid and an engaging debut season in I-League that saw them finish seventh on the table under the tutelage of head coach Bino George, Goal  spoke to club president VC Praveen for an exclusive interview.

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